Life as a whole is better if you go slowly, and take the time to savor it, and appreciate every moment possible. That’s the simplest reason to slow down.
Full speed ahead! That’s how we live in our society. So it seems contradictory to our modern world, where everything is a rush, where we try to cram as much into every minute of the day as possible, where if we are not busy, we feel unproductive and lazy.
Learn to eliminate the unnecessary. When you do the important things with focus, without rush, there will be things that get pushed back, that won’t get done. Still, you should ask yourself: how necessary are these things? What would happen if I stopped doing them? How can I eliminate them, delegate them, or even automate them?
Often, we compete by trying to show how busy we are. I have a thousand projects to do! Oh yeah? I have 10,000! The winner is the person who has the most insane schedule, who rushes from one thing to the next with the energy of a hummingbird, because obviously that means he’s the most successful and important. Right?
Maybe not. Maybe as a society we’re playing the wrong game — we’ve been conditioned to believe that busier is better, but actually the speed of doing is not as important as what we focus on doing.
If we are constantly rushing, we will miss out on life itself. Therefore, find a way – somehow – to let go of the obsession with speed, and instead slow down, stop rushing, and enjoy life.
Is a book better if you speed read it, or if you take your time and get lost in it?
Is a song better if you skim through it, or if you take the time to really listen?
Is food better if you cram it down your throat, or if you savor every bite and really appreciate the flavor?
Is your work better if you’re trying to do 10 things at once, or if you really pour yourself into one important task?
Is your time spent with a friend or loved one better if you have a rushed meeting interrupted by your emails and text messages, or if you can relax and really focus on the person?
The most important step to a change in mindset, is a realization that life is better when you move at a slower, more relaxed pace, instead of hurrying and rushing and trying to cram too much into every day. Instead, get the most out of every moment.